America Is Not in a Zero-Sum Contest with Iran

While we do need to push back against Iran throughout the Middle East, it’s unrealistic to expect Tehran to have no influence.

The leader of an Iran-backed Iraqi militia in Mosul, Iraq on August 30, 2017. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images.

The leader of an Iran-backed Iraqi militia in Mosul, Iraq on August 30, 2017. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images.

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Sept. 11 2017
About the author

Michael O’Hanlon is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, where he specializes in American national-security policy, defense strategy, and the use of military force, His latest book is The Future of Land Warfare (2015).


Michael Doran and Peter Rough’s essay on U.S. strategy in the Middle East makes for a fascinating and provocative read. Its combination of strategic savvy, regional expertise, and formidable writing is not only broadly compelling but almost hypnotic in its deployment of overarching themes, incisive analysis, and a staunchly maintained point of view.

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